Failure and Criticism Can 'Mean' You're a Pro: What I've Learned From Steven Pressfield and Taylor Swift

February 5, 2015 8:15 PM

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Failure and Criticism Can 'Mean' You're a Pro: What I've Learned From Steven Pressfield and Taylor Swift

I'm currently in the process of interviewing 100 people about a dream they made come true for my next book, and about 40 interviews in, I'm noticing one very clear pattern -- each person's reaction to the following question: "Can you tell me about one failure you had on the way towards your dream and how you overcame it?" They all chuckle and say some version of this: "Only one failure? Ha. There's so many. Let me pick one."

"Can you tell me about one failure you had on the way towards your dream and how you overcame it?"

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